CARTAGENA DE INDIAS

The city

Its Caribbean light and warmth, its welcoming people, and its historic monuments, are only some of the assets that make Cartagena de Indias a magical place to visit. Its versatile charm, both inside and outside its walled city, has made it the source of inspiration to poets, writers and artists alike, as well as a thriving global tourist destination.

 

The old town, also known as “The walled city” is a most deserved Unesco World Heritage Site. The walls of its impressive fortress bordering the sea bear witness of history where a visible African and European heritage are keenly felt.

THE FESTIVAL

For sixteen seasons, the Cartagena Music Festival has become the meeting point of the world-acclaimed performers of classical and traditional music, especially from Europe and Latin America, the two world regions that mainly influence our identity.

Distinctively, every year the program centers on a particular theme, in an effort to understand the key breakthroughs in the history of music in current and innovative ways. Therefore, the artists are world-renowned musicians whose performances stand out for their originality or specialized form.

Certainly, the event’s singular energy comes from its local context, diverse venues and warm atmosphere. Altogether, the Festival offers different experiences around music by also having as part of the program conversations about music, special events, among others, in the unique setting that Cartagena de Indias provides.

THE THEME

As the 19th century progressed, a nationalist sentiment spread through many countries in Europe that aspired to develop the cultural identities of the peoples of the former empires. At that time, Austro-German culture prevailed on the old continent and the written music composed over the centuries in Italy, France and Germany was considered universal.  However, until the early 19th century, countries such as Russia, Poland, Hungary and the Bohemian region had known and appreciated universal (classical) music through artists who had moved from Italy, France and Germany to the courts of what were considered musically peripheral places in relation to the Western tradition of cultured music.

The need to assert a national musical production was, in some cases, linked to independence movements fighting for national unity and, in others, to the desire to build a strong culture of its own with well-defined borders. In both cases, the drive towards the construction of a national identity was very strong: it concerned both the political and cultural aspects of countries and its people.

As for music, opera was the preferred genre, as it was based on national history and legends; but programmatic works, written for instrumental music, also went in the same direction.

Musical nationalism was more than just a story.  Composers introduced traditional songs and dances into their music, and composed their melodies using elements of folk music such as scales and rhythms. Especially in Eastern Europe, this need was strongly felt, and triggered processes of redemption of political, territorial and cultural identity. In some cases of true national unity.

However, none of the national composers broke inflexibly with the masters who had preceded them: much of the operatic and instrumental literature developed on the numerous formal and stylistic models marked by the prevailing musical culture of Italy, France and Germany.

Elements and stylistic features of local national cultures were dialectically confronted with the Western musical tradition, generating poetic, aesthetic and political positions that oscillated between nationalism and cosmopolitanism.

The Song of the Earth
Music between nationalism and cosmopolitanism in 19th century Eastern Europe

The choice of this edition’s theme aims to highlight, through its programming, the main elements of the important phenomenon that answers to the name of Musical Nationalism. In particular, the phenomenon that developed in some Eastern European countries and that had great cultural, social and political impact in Russia, the former Czechoslovakia (today’s Czech Republic and Slovakia), Romania and Bulgaria, Hungary and Poland. In all these countries the emergence of nationalistic tendencies coincided with a cultural, musical and exceptional flowering that produced works of absolute value and important masterpieces in the history of Western music.

The period under consideration spans from 1830 to 1915. That is to say, almost a century of great transformations that saw the maturity (1830-1853) and the exhaustion (1853-1889) of the great Romantic era and the irruption on the European scene of the modern era, its multiple tendencies and contradictions (1889-1915).

LUXURY ACCOMMODATION
SOFITEL LEGEND SANTA CLARA

The Sofitel Legend Santa Clara oFFers the perfect combination of age-old tradition, local hospitality and French luxury. With its blend of colonial and republican architecture with modern comforts, the hotel offers comfortable rooms, personalized service, gourmet cuisine, making it the perfect location inside the beautiful walled city of Cartagena.

It has also been a close partner of the biggest city cultural events. A supporter of the Cartagena Music Festival from its beginning in 2007, it has not only lodged big stars of classical music such as Maxim Vengerov, Salvatore Accardo, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, among hundred others; but it has also opened the doors to its gorgeous colonial chapel to some of the most exclusive and memorable concerts as the complete Bach’s Brandenburg concertos, artists like the Borodin String Quartet, Julia Hagen, Emmanuel Ceysson, and also the Young Talents concert. It is the venue of the Golden Series Davivienda.

LUXURY ACCOMMODATION
CHARLESTON SANTA TERESA HOTEL

A striking yellow beam of colonial splendour by day and softly lit beacon of glamour by night, Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels in the UNESCO city of Cartagena and all of Colombia. A regal mix of historic grace and contemporary cool offering warm Colombian hospitality.

Recently renovated, part of this luxury heritage hotel was a 17th-century convent where the colonial -style have preserved unvaluable pieces of art in it’s spacious halls, balconies and arcades. Every corner of the hotel is surrounded by the typical nature of the region in its indoor vertical gardens that makes its Republican and Colonial Courtyards and rest areas an oasis of tranquility

BENEFITS GOLD PACKAGE

14 concerts included (All concerts in the Teatro Adolfo Mejía, 5 concerts in Chapels, 1 concert + dinner, 2 concerts in Centro de Convenciones)

 

Hotel accommodations (five-star hotel), breakfast included. / Concert ticket (s) to concerts at the main venues of the Festival. / Tickets to Music Conferences. / Transportation to and from the airport and concerts in a private car. / Bilingual host to accompany you to all activities. / Invitation to exclusive Festival events. / Tour of a lutería workshop. / Masterclass demonstration. / Donation acknowledgment for your contribution to the academic programs of the Salvi Foundation
in Colombia. / Donation Receipt. / Souvenir gifts from the
Cartagena Music Festival. / Tax exempt.

BENEFITS SILVER PACKAGE

9 concerts included (4 in the Teatro Adolfo Mejía, 4 concerts in Chapels, 1 concert + dinner, 1 concert in Centro de Convenciones)

 

Hotel accommodations (five-star hotel), breakfast included. / Concert ticket (s) to concerts at the main venues of the Festival. / Tickets to Music Conferences. / Transportation to and from the airport and concerts in a private car. / Bilingual host to accompany you to all activities. / Invitation to exclusive Festival events. / Tour of a lutería workshop. / Masterclass demonstration. / Donation acknowledgment for your contribution to the academic programs of the Salvi Foundation in Colombia. / Donation Receipt. / Souvenir gifts from the Cartagena Music Festival. / Tax exempt.

As a Visitor Patron, you become an active part of the unique program and event that is the Cartagena Music Festival. Through your support, we are contributing to the growth of young and adult musicians, students and educators, as well as luthiers, apprentices and professionals in related fields. Together, we are providing an exceptional musical experience to a diverse population, building new cultural bridges and widening the opportunities for generations to come.

For assistance, please contact:
Fundación Salvi – Colombia

 

Ángela Becerra
Telephone: +57 310 218 9441
[email protected]

 

Victor Salvi Foundation – USA
Edward G. Ludwig
[email protected]

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